Nutritional Profile- 1-cup serving of boiled chickpeas has 270 calories, 45 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber. That same 1-cup serving also meets 70 percent of the daily value for folate and 26 percent of the DV for iron. Chickpeas are good source of a number of other minerals including manganese, magnesium, zinc, and copper, as well some other B-vitamins, including thiamine and most abundant are vitamins B6 and B5
Health Benefits– Vitamin B6 boosts the immune system, while Vitamin B5 helps the body maintain a healthy digestive tract and normal hormone production, among other functions.There are a number of antioxidant compounds that can be found in chickpeas, including polyphenols, phytonutrients, and beta-carotene which can reduce oxidative stress in the body and prevent chronic disease. Only fats found in chickpeas are omega-3 fatty acids which are the beneficial polyunsaturated fats that our bodies require, protecting the heart and help reduce inflammation throughout the body. Regular consumption of chickpeas cleanses bad cholesterol, lowers cholesterol levels and triglycerides. Excellent for preventing kidney stones.
Usage- chickpeas can be cooked and used in salads, curries, soups and stews. Roasted chickpeas with few savory spices make a great healthy snack.